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Family and Medical Leave Act Archives

Your rights as adoptive parents

When a couple gives birth to a biological baby, it is normal for one or both of the parents to take at least a few weeks of leave to build a bond, heal from labor and nurture their new addition. This right is protected under the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to allow parents to take unpaid leave, at minimum.

What is pregnancy discrimination?

Many Wisconsin women who become pregnant find themselves the victim of discrimination in the workplace. This can be due to the pregnancy itself, becoming a new mother or a medical condition that is related to the pregnancy. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects expectant mothers from unfair treatment when applying for a job or continuing work.

Qualifying for the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act was designed to provide qualified employees with a way to take unpaid leave, for family or medical reasons, without the fear that they would lose their job. Though this is a fantastic program that benefits many workers in Wisconsin, it is important to learn the facts about the FMLA and discover if you are eligible to take part in this program if you were to find yourself in need.

How federal and state family and medical leave laws work together

The United States government has specific extended leave statutes in place, called the Family and Medical Leave Act, to protect workers across the nation. State laws cannot detract from this legislation, but they can provide additional benefits. If a state or federal law is weaker than the other, the stronger one must be followed. Wisconsin has its own laws that provide leave in a number of circumstances for employees across the state.

Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act works, so why repeal it?

The need to protect Wisconsin workers attempting to balance family responsibility with jobs and careers is the reason why the state enacted its Family Medical Leave Act in 1988. The law prevents worker discrimination for taking family leave or medical leave.

Protecting your rights: do you know what you don't know?

If we step back and look at employer-employee relationships in Wisconsin for the past century, the obvious good news is that through a combination of federal and state legislation passed over the years, as an employee you have more rights and more protections today than ever before. But sometimes this progress can be more than a little confusing. You now have a plethora of statutory and regulatory protections that range from protecting you against discrimination in hiring, to ensuring that you have a safe place to work and are not subject to discrimination on the job, to rights that are available when you have changed family circumstances, and rights against being terminated unfairly.

Same-sex spouse definition under FMLA rule on hold

Wisconsin employees may have heard about a federal rule that was to become effective on March 27 that allowed employees to take FMLA leave in order to care for a same-sex partner, regardless of whether or not same-sex marriage is legal in the state. On April 6, it was reported that a Texas federal judge granted an injunction to stop enforcement of the rule.

FMLA definition now includes same-sex couples

People in Wisconsin might be interested to learn of the recent Department of Labor announcement that same-sex married couples will now enjoy the same protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act as do heterosexual couples. With the update in guidelines, same-sex couples will now be able to take leave to care for a sick spouse, including those living in states that do not recognize the institution.

Family and Medical Leave Act and workplace discrimination

The Family and Medical Leave Act is the first and only federal law that addresses the balance between jobs and family that workers in Wisconsin and across the U.S. must maintain. The 12 weeks of unpaid leave guaranteed by the act has been used more than 200 million times since being passed. Reasons for taking leave vary, including recovering from a serious illness, caring for a loved one who is ill or receiving maternity or paternity leave.

Comparing federal and state family and medical leave laws

Wisconsin employees may be interested in information about how the federal and state laws governing medical and family leave differ. Depending on the strength of each law in a particular area, different provisions could apply. Any time a Wisconsin state family and medical leave law provides greater protection than the federal law, an employer in Wisconsin must abide by the stronger state law. Employers who are covered by both state and federal lawmust continually comply with both. The requirement for employer coverage under Wisconsin law is that there must be at least 50 permanent employees over at least 6 months during the past year. The federal requirement is the same regarding the number of employees, but it must be for at least 20 weeks over the previous or current year.

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